With Central Minnesota's large Catholic community and rich traditions, you would guess affordable and delicious fish fries during Lent would be popular. But you would be underestimating the draw of the crunchy deep-fried fish, golden brown fries, tangy cole slaw and all the other sides that go into a basket of fish fry goodness.

Fish fries around here are not only popular, they're wildly popular.

You see, whether you're eating fish on a Friday as part of a religious observation or just love perfectly prepared fish at a great value, Central Minnesota is the place to be during the Lenten season.

Looking for a great place for fish? Look no further. Here are some sponsors who have some great food they'd like you to try.



A.T. The Black & White Restaurant, Little Falls

A.T. The Black & White Restaurant offers an incredible Crab Leg Dinner for $22. Double the crab for just $8.00 more. Served with soup or salad, vegetable and Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday. Don’t forget the parmesan-encrusted walleye sandwich – voted Central Minnesota’s favorite sandwich.



Cabin Fever Saloon & Eatery, Little Falls

In search of a delicious Fish Fry? Head over to Cabin Fever Saloon & Eatery in Little Falls. Enjoy all-you-care-to-eat hand-breaded white fish on Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Includes choice of potato, salad bar and bread for $7.99. Full bar and dining room menu available.



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Center Cut Meats, Rogers and Albertville

Center Cut Meats has a fresh seafood case for seafood or fish at home. We also feature fish or shrimp on Fridays at our daily lunch buffet in Rogers. Center Cut Meats has two locations to serve you in Rogers and Albertville. Catering and Fundraising options available.



Charlie's Cafe, Freeport

A lot of places serve fish on Fridays. None can claim to have a fish fry as good as Charlie’s Café. Start with grilled or hand-breaded walleye and Alaskan Pollack, your choice of potato and cole slaw or salad. From 4:30 -9:00 every Friday.  And all day long, Charlie’s Café has potato pancakes. Charlie’s Café in Freeport, off I-94 on the Lake Wobegon Trail.



Eastside VFW 4847, St. Cloud

Stop in and experience our year round legendary fish fry. Our Lenten hours are from 4-7:30 on Fridays. Choose from broiled or battered, slaw and a roll and your choice of potato!  $8.50 for one plate or $11.00 all you can eat. Eastside VFW 4847 is located in St. Cloud off Highway 10. Making the Eastside great.




Fuji Steakhouse, Waite Park

Most people think Fish Fry when they hear Lent.  Think outside the fryer- think Fuji Sushi & Steakhouse.  Fuji is an authentic Japanese Hibachi Grill & Lounge serving delicious and authentic Japanese dishes featuring sushi, steaks & seafood.  Try something different this Lenten Season.  Fuji Sushi & Steakhouse in Waite Park.  It’s deliciously entertaining.




Jordie's Trail Side Cafe and Catering, Bowlus

Jordie’s Trail Side Café is the perfect place to enjoy Fish on Friday.  For dinner, choose the All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry for $8.99 or All-You-Can-Eat Fish and Shrimp for $9.99 served from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Includes mashed potatoes, gravy and homemade soup and salad bar.




Kay's Kitchen, St. Joseph

Fresh hand-breaded pollack, deep-fried shrimp, the bountiful soup and salad bar -- all part of this wonderful fish fry buffet. No waiting for a little more fish. At Kay's Kitchen, they stock the buffet constantly, so it's always hot, fresh and waiting for you. Lunch or dinner, every Friday during Lent.




Neighbors Eatery and Saloon, Albertville

Neighbors Eatery and Saloon in Albertville serves up the best all you can eat fish fry Fridays during Lent.  Come for the fish, stay for the fun.  Live entertainment every weekend.  Check out our entertainment schedule and specials online or visit us in downtown Albertville.



Old Creamery Cafe, Rice

Love fish so much that you want it on days other than Fridays?  Check out Old Creamery Café, where they do a fish basket special Sunday through Thursday for just $6.95.  Four pieces of cod, french fries, cole slaw and toast.  What a great deal. They’re located just off Highway 10 on Main Street in Rice.  Coming soon -- new expanded seating, as Old Creamery grows to serve you better.



Perkins Restaurant and Bakery

Perkins is offering their new “Shrimpossibly Divine” menu featuring six amazing shrimp entrees. Everything from a Shrimp and Asiago Omelet to the Island Shrimp Stirfry.  Six great shrimp choices. Or try the all you can eat Friday Fish Fry with creamy cole slaw, fries and a beverage – all for just $9.99! Perkins -- with four convenient St. Cloud area locations - plus Buffalo and Albertville.



The Royal Restaurant and Catering, Little Falls

Old fashioned home cookin’ still exists at The Royal on West Broadway in Little Falls. Signature beer-battered fish and fried shrimp buffet Friday nights from 5-8 p.m., with delicious homemade soups and a huge salad bar, just $10.99. It’s all you can eat. TASTE with The Royal has been in business for over 50 years.



What is YOUR favorite area fish fry? Let us know in the comment section below!